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Bovell eyes Doha revenge
Top T&T swimmer George Bovell will be hoping to exact some revenge on his main rivals, Vladimir Morozov (Russia) and Australian Kenneth To when he competes in the men’s 100m individual medley on the opening day of the fifth-leg of the FINA World Cup at the Hamad Aquatic Centre, Doha, Qatar from 4.35 am today. Last year, he got double silver in Doha, in the 100m IM (51.87) and 50m freestyle (21.06), both former national records, however today he will be hoping to end a run of three bronze medals on the trot and add to his lone gold medal won so far this year in Holland, in the opening leg of the eight-stop World Cup.
The 30-year-old Bovell will swim in the second of three heats from lane four against Singapore’s Jerome Sunil Kwang, Lukas Raeuftlin (Switzerland), Raymond Mak (Hong Kong), Gal Nevo (Israel), Aleksey Derlyugov (Uzbekistan), Benedict Boon (Singapore) and Sufyan Al Malki of Burundi. France’s Florent Manaudou and To are in heat one while Morozov of Russia and Great Britain’s Liam Tancock are in the third and final heat.
On Thursday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Michigan-based Bovell, last December’s World Short Course 100m IM bronze winner was third in the men’s 100m individual medley final in 53.38 seconds, adrift of gold medallist To (51.64) and silver medallist Morozov (51.76). He then ended the bronze streak with silver in the men’s 50m freestyle in 21.32 seconds behind Morozov (20.66) while USA’s Anthony Ervin was a close third, in 21.34 seconds. A four-time Olympian, he will also compete in the men’s 50m freestyle tomorrow and then Singapore (November 5-6), Tokyo, Japan (November 9-10) and Beijing, China, (November 13-14).
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